It's 4 am in the morning and I am going through the logistics of the 1st show of our Show Season 2017. Inventory has been ordered and received. Volunteers have been scheduled. The Set Up/Tear Down Team are ready. But for me, it all comes down to prayer. There is a spiritual battle being fought around The Marketplace. Lives are being changed; women are coming out of prostitution, men, women, and children are being rescued from trafficking, mom's and dad's no longer have to give up their children because they can't afford to feed them, the disabled are being employed, .... Not only are lives being changed abroad, change is happening when a woman enters our booth and hears what we are about. We see many broken people in our community who just need to feel loved. I talk to many organizations and they don't do shows because they are exhausting. I won't lie, they are. But the lives affected in our community and around the world are so worth it. To have someone approach me at a show and say, "You wrote a post the other day that truly touched me, thank you I needed that." Or, "Thank you for taking the time to share the stories of what is happening in Ecuador, I had no idea." For us, we do the shows for one simple reason, that many will come to know who Jesus is. You better believe the battle is real and and very fierce.
It's all going down this Friday at the Southern Women's Show. We would ask that you all would cover the staff, volunteers, and artisans of The Marketplace with prayer. It seriously takes a tremendous amount of team work to do show after show for 4 months! By you praying, you are part of the team. Let's kick this season off with record sales, record attendance, and a record number of new friends! We are the storm!